STERLING (Virginia): All Neighbors International organized a memorial service to celebrate life and work of Pastor William Siraj, who targeted and killed by some terrorists in Peshawar, Pakistan. Several Interfaith Associations also participated in the service held at the Word of Life International Church, Sterling, Virginia.
Sarfraz Hussain, Press Counselor from the Pakistan Embassy represented the Embassy of Pakistan. Speaking on behalf of Ambassador Asad Majid Khan, he assured the gathering that the law enforcement authorities were probing into the matter and making every effort to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice.
He further said that the Special Assistant for Religious Harmony has visited the Church, met Church leaders, and assured the bereaved family that actions are being expedited for implementation of the law, and justice will be served.
The government of Pakistan remains committed to ensuring the protection of lives, property, and rights of minorities in the country, he added.
Earlier, Ilyas Masih, founder of the organization, condoled the untimely death of Pastor Siraj and sympathized with the family. Furthermore, he prayed for peace in Pakistan.
Pastor Noman Yunus, Pastor Al Alfred, Anwar Qasmi, director of programs at All Neighbors International, member Democratic State Central Committee Ms. Aisha Khan, Dr. Joe Knight, Church of the Nazarene, former MPA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pastor Walter Sraje, former Senator Akbar Khwaja, and Rizwan Jaka, Chair of Interfaith Committee of The All-Dulles Area Muslim Society expressed condolences and assured solidarity of all communities.
Jamil led the Quire.